Durant High School football player shot to death at Brandon gas station

Published April 16 2018
Updated April 16 2018

PLANT CITY — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death Sunday night of a senior on Durant High School’s football team at a Brandon gas station.

Twitter accounts for the Plant City-based high school’s football team and Student Government broke the news in a series of tweets early Monday, announcing that Grover Wills, 18, had died.

"With heavy Hearts, Last night, we lost not only a teammate but a brother," stated a tweet just before 6 a.m. on the Durant football Twitter account. "Rest In Peace Grover Wills! Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. #5 #Cougars.Forever."

On Monday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office released a news release about the shooting outside the Mobil gas station at 612 W Lumsden Road, saying it appears to be drug related.

Sheriff Chad Chronister declined to release any information about Wills’ cause of death at an unrelated news conference earlier Monday.

"Unfortunately, I can’t give you too much information at this time, only because it’s such an active investigation and we’re still following up," he said.

Wills was set to graduate at the end of the school year, according to the Hillsborough County School District.

According to Maxpreps.com, he was a corner back and free safety on the school’s football team and wore the No. 5 jersey. Just shy of 6 feet tall, Wills was also a member of the high school’s basketball team, according to the website.

The school’s student government association has planned a candlelight vigil in memory of Wills for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Durant Stadium, located at 4748 Cougar Path in Plant City.

A tweet posted to the student government Twitter account Monday reads: "Durant SGA is sad to say goodbye to such a genuine & sweet soul. Grover’s presence will forever be missed but we will always remember him by his smile."

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